Prevent Duty

Prevent Duty

The need to prevent people being drawn into terrorist activities

Your responsibility

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on Schools, Colleges, Universities and Local Authorities in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

Being drawn into terrorism includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit.

Schools, Colleges, Universities and Local Authorities need to demonstrate that they are protecting young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies in place to identify young people at risk, and intervening as appropriate.

eSafe provides a unique early warning service to help you fulfil your obligations and duty under Section 26 of the Act. 

What we provide

The eSafe Service delivers essential visibility of extremist behaviour and the threat of radicalisation, including the subtle indicators associated with non-violent extremism and early stage radicalisation, through a combination of:

  • extensive localised, national, international and cultural markers to detect far right/white supremacy and Islamic extremism
  • language independent monitoring technology to identify extremist material and activity communicated in a foreign language
  • sophisticated device monitoring technology to identify the above as imagery, keystrokes, document content, and chat communication, irrespective of whether the device is on-line or offline, and regardless of the device location 
  • specialist multi-lingual reviewing staff to ensure serious risk is escalated for intervention in a timely manner


Clayton CE Primary School

Jo Kurasinski - Headteacher

the eSafe Service has proved to be extremely effective, achieving the job it is designed to do with great success. It has also allowed me to sort out safeguarding issues and ICT misuse very quickly; sending out the message to everybody that we take e-safety and safeguarding very seriously.

Brompton CE Primary

Mike White - Headteacher

One of the most beneficial aspects of the eSafe system is the way in which incidents are reviewed by specialist examiners so that the school is able to focus on managing the incident, rather than checking whether incidents have occurred in the first place.  In busy schools, this makes a really positive impact on workload.

Mersey Park Primary School

Margaret Thomas - Headteacher

Using eSafe to monitor and immediately deal with any incidents greatly contributed to our
school becoming the first primary school in the country to gain the silver level Anti-bullying Quality Mark. Children have quickly become aware that homophobic, racist or any other name calling is not tolerated in any form and can be tracked using the eSafe service. We feel secure in the knowledge that we are protecting our children by being aware of sites they try to access and searches they make on line and have been able to intervene at an early stage to offer appropriate support.